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August 6, 2013
The Associated Press

Vehicle crashes through living room

WAIMANALO, Oahu - A Waimanalo family is trying to repair damages after a car crashed through their home.

KHON-TV reported that the impact from the early-Sunday crash threw a grandmother inside the house from her chair. Elaine Kealoha said she's OK except for a small scrape on her leg.

Witnesses said three people ran away after the Nissan sedan rammed into the home's living room, leaving a hole in the side of the house that has since been covered with plywood boards.

Police are investigating.

Resident Mahi Akau said the crash sounded like an earthquake or bomb. She said other family members were camping at the beach and weren't home.


Police: Man denied liquor, hits cashier

HONOLULU - Police said a Waianae man allegedly punched a store cashier because he was denied alcohol.

A police report said a Waianae store clerk refused to sell liquor to an intoxicated man Saturday. He allegedly punched the cashier, left the store and returned with a "dangerous instrument."

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that he also damaged a nearby ATM. He was arrested near the BK Superette.


DOE cuts buses to Big Isle charter school

HILO - Parents of students attending a Big Island charter school say they're facing a hardship after a Department of Education decision to end bus service.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that about 70 people gathered Sunday at the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences to discuss the Friday decision that affects the Pahoa public charter school.

Principal Steve Hirakami said 60 students, including 10 with special needs, are affected.

Hirakami said he was told it was an economic decision but that there is room on buses that also serve Pahoa High and Intermediate School.

Hawaii County Councilman Greggor Ilagan said the DOE didn't even give the school enough time to prepare for an alternative.

He said the school needs a permanent solution and that has to be an existing bus route.



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